Thrift Store Lazy Susan



Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

You may recognize this wooden piece.  It was the top tier of the table I refinished last week. I told you last week that I had  plans for one of the tiers and this is it…a Lazy Susan.  You know, the little turntable that  goes in the middle of a table for those people who are too lazy to pass the salt, pepper, ketchup, hot sauce, napkins…

When I was growing up we had a Lazy Susan in the middle of our formica table. Our family consisted of seven people and we all sat around a large round dining table. When the grandparents came we all just slid over…a Lazy Susan made perfect sense.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

What I’m using to create my Lazy Susan is this round disk.  I pulled this off a thrift store chip and dip bowl which is now a pedestal serving tray.  This part, the spinny part, has been sitting on my workbench ever since.

It’s really quite ingenious, the ball bearings are encased in a bed of plastic loose enough so they can turn. Screw that onto the bottom of something and it turns. I didn’t really need it on a chip bowl, but I knew I would use it some day, so into the junk pile it went.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

This is really an easy DIY, just screw the spinning portion onto something else and you’re done.

 I decided to make mine just a little more complicated by adding a graphic to add to the cuteness factor and so that my DIY wouldn’t be just one step long.  By far, the hardest part of this project will be finding a turntable at your favorite thrift store or flea market.

Painted both pieces with black chalk paint.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

The bakery graphic was found here.  They have a bunch of bakery graphics and more, just choose your favorite and print out  your desired size.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Before transferring the lettering, I painted all the light areas.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Use transfer paper or just scribble on the back of your graphic with pencil wherever there is something to transfer.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Center and tape in place.  Go over all the lettering and pictures with a pen.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Lettering should now be transferred.  Now it’s just a matter of using your best paint by number skills to fill in the graphic.

 

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Sand and finish with vintage or clear wax  (or a combination) depending on how aged you want your Lazy Susan.

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

Recycled Table Top, Lazy Susan Turntable

I do have one more tier of that table to repurpose, but I’m still mulling over my options.   What do you do with a scalloped edge piece of wood with a hole in the middle? 

The weekend is coming.  Stay inspired.

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